Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Vicky: It’s finally warm enough to whet my salad appetite which translates to regular and somewhat costly visits to Ottolenghi (hey, some women choose to invest in make up and hand bags, I choose to invest in my waistline…). I hardly ever dine in (if I want that I go to Nopi), preferring to keep the price down a bit by pairing it with supermarket protein. Ahhh, heavenly! There will be a post about them soon, as soon as I finish scoffing all that veggie goodness.
Sanj: Another weekend, another hen do! This one ended with afternoon tea at the Gilbert Scott in the beautiful St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. They gave us their elegant private room as we were a large group (and err soon closed the door on us when they realised how loud we were). Treats aplenty – my faves were the Rhubarb Eton Mess and Salted Caramel Cups. The hotel was a gorgeous gothic setting and we made sure to pose on the staircase where the Spice Girls filmed Wannabe on our way out…
Grant: I decided to drag some of the Bunch to Cielo Blanco a new Mexican restaurant that opened up in Exmouth Market. I’m a snob when it comes to Mexican, but the lure of 50% off of drinks won me over. Unfortunately, the 50% off of drinks didn’t make up for the pretty terrible food (and we barely got any service, so I couldn’t even maximize the drinking aspect of the meal). My review of the place went out yesterday, so if you haven’t read it, you can here.
Yee Gan: I finally took Emma to Pitt Cue. This re-imagining of the foodie BBQ favourite, which started life as a street food van 5 years ago had finally given chef Tom Adams a restaurant and kitchen worthy of his culinary talents. He has not wasted the opportunity, revamping the menu to greater heights. The pork jowl below is arguably the best thing I’ve eaten this year – gammon like meat, wonderful rendered fat and crispy skin.
Vicky: The return to summer also means that it’s perfectly legitimate to eat frozen goods all the time. I can’t resist popping into Gelupo when I am near and this week I enjoyed their strawberry/lemon granita (now called a slushy). Much lighter than a regular sorbet and fantastic value at £4 since they filled up the coffee cup and then some! Watch out for a review soon!
Jules: My colleague took me out for lunch this Thursday and we went around the corner to her current favourite: Casa di Stefano. The restaurant is fairly busy over lunch, so reserve a table if you don’t want to wait at the bar. I have to admit that we both went with the same dish, which was tagliatelle with mushrooms and black truffles. It was a well done dish. We decided to indulge ourselves and had a dessert each. My tiramisu was an absolute delight and very light and fluffy.
Linzi I’m on a mission. A mission from the breakfast gods. To bring you news of the best ham and cheese croissants in the city. First off: Eat. Now hear me out, yes it’s a chain and chains are for the weak and unimaginative, right? No, chains are a labyrinth of mediocrity and uniformity that once you can learn to navigate will reveal untold riches. Okay, maybe not really but Eat’s Smoked ham and Jarlsberg cheese breakfast croissant is a delicious and forbidden secret that you need to indulge in. Buttery pastry filled with cheese and ham, that when cold is fairly uninspiring, but cowed into submission between a sandwich toaster becomes gooey and flaky and the best kind of greasy. Right now Eat is my favourite but in the spirit of exploration, I’ll seek out new contenders to tell you about.
Reviews from the week…
We’re still drooling over the gravy-drenched goodness that Grant found at burger joint Dip & Flip. Yee Gan also has an 11 course epic to recommend from a Masterchef winner, while Jules got impeccable service and some interesting Bloody Mary’s at Powder Keg Diplomacy. We’ve also got your Sunday covered – Vicky and co recommend a blissfully gluttonous unlimited dim sum session at Fu Manchu!
Have you had any memorable food or drink in the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…